Gawker posted a very troubling story yesterday afternoon detailing a serious security breach that revealed the email addresses of at least 114,000 early-adopter iPad 3G subscribers in the US, including the some incredibly eminent and high-profile people in politics and the military.
The breach was the work of a group called Goatse Security who accessed a script on AT&T’s website. Goatse then informed AT&T of the breach, and AT&T swiftly took the necessary steps to close the security hole, albeit without informing customers of the breach, which was then subsequently exposed by Gawker.
After Gawker’s initial exclusive report, AT&T sent Gawker a statement admitting the breach, saying that the “issue” was corrected by Tuesday, and that it has “essentially turned off the feature that provided the e-mail addresses.” AT&T also apologised to customers and pledged to inform all those whose email addresses and ICC IDS have been compromised.
Apple has yet to comment on the matter, while AT&T says it is continuing to investigate.